Publications List

Office of Attorney General

The Office of the New York State Attorney General offers informational publications on a variety of issues important to New Yorkers. Readers may download copies by clicking on the links below. Publications are also available in print, in multiple copies, or in large print format. There is no charge for this service.

How to order:

Most convenient way to order is our On-line Publications Order Form:

  1. Be sure to provide a street address for multiple copies. We cannot deliver packages to PO Boxes.
  2. Indicate the quantity of each item being requested.
  3. In the comments section, let us know if you need large print materials or if the material is needed by a specific date.

For questions about publications, including requesting copies, help in determining quantities needed, or obtaining specialized formats, please contact:

Public Information
Office of the New York State Attorney General
Fax 518-650-9401

Note: It may take up to 4-6 weeks to receive some publications. Please call or email if you have any questions.



2020 Year In Review

Attorney General James published a 2020 year in review, informing New Yorkers of big cases and actions that the Attorney General's Office has undertaken to move the state forward.

Read Interactive Report | Download Print Report

COVID-19 Employment FAQs
Answers many frequently asked employment-related questions associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.


  • Lemon Law Brochure | SpanishLemon Law Brochure - Spanish
    Provides information about New York’s “Lemon Laws”, which provide legal remedies for buyers of new and used cars that don’t conform to warranties.

  • Buying a Car: Consumer Tips
    Advice on researching vehicles, choosing a dealer and what to look for in a contract.

  • NY's New Car Lemon Law Guide | New Car Lemon Law Arbitration Form
    This law provides protection for consumers of motor vehicles against all material defects for up to 18,000 miles or two years of purchase (whichever comes first). Problems must be reported in a timely fashion to either the manufacturer or the dealer.

  • Advertising Guidelines for Auto Dealers
    In conjunction with major auto dealers across New York State, the Office of the Attorney General has come up with a series of guidelines aimed at forging a more honest and therefore more competitive marketplace - thereby benefiting both dealers and consumers - by combating deceptive advertising by auto dealerships

  • Excess Wear Guide | New York's Auto Leasing Excess Wear & Damage Arbitration Program
    This consumers' guide emphasizes distinctions between leasing and purchasing vehicles. The Arbitration Program allows the consumer to exercise his or her legal right to challenge charges for excess wear and damage to the vehicle.

Charitable Giving

Charitable Organizations

Consumer Tips

Consumer Fraud

Civil Rights/Special Needs

Crime & Safety:

  • Combating Designer Drugs
    Describes the dangers surrounding the sale and use of synthetic marijuana and other designer drugs.

  • Crime Victims Bill of Rights
    English | Spanish | Bengali | Chinese | Creole | Korean | Russian
    This list provides a summary of victims' rights established over the past thirty years; categories of rights are: Right to Know, Victim Involvement, Making Victims Whole, Protection for Crime Victims, and Help for Victims.



  • Advance Directives: Making Your Wishes Known and Honored
    This document recommends that New Yorkers plan in advance for end-of-life healthcare. It gives reasons for doing so, as well as information on advance directives, pain management, hospice care, and organ donation, among other topics.

  • Mental Health Parity Brochure 
    Offers consumers information concerning health insurance coverage for mental health and substance abuse services.

  • Mold in Your Home
    Brochure offers advice on removing mold from your home in the aftermath of a storm and flooding.

  • Indoor Tanning: Know the Risks
    Know the Facts : Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions

  • Shopping for Health Insurance: Helpful Tips for Open Enrollment
    Provides information and tips for choosing health insurance plans on the “New York State of Health” website.

  • Health Plan Networks: Avoid Surprise if Caught Outside 
    Discusses the added, and sometimes unexpected, costs of obtaining health care outside of your insurance networks.

  • Real Problems with Health Care | Spanish Real Problems with Health Care, Real Solutions for New Yorkers | Chinese
    This brochure explains how the Office of the Attorney General's Healthcare Bureau safeguards consumers’ health care rights by mediating disagreements, providing information and investigating cases of fraud and abuse.

  • Health & Rx Discount Cards
    This brochure explains how discount cards are supposed to work and gives advice on making smart purchases and avoiding deceptive scams. It also describes some alternatives and offers services from both the Consumer Frauds and Protections Bureau as well as the healthcare Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General.

  • Urgent Care Centers
    Explains how urgent care centers can fit into consumers' health care options.


  • Understanding and Dealing with Co-op Board of Directors | Spanish Understanding and Dealing with Co-op Board of Directors
    Discusses rules regulating and powers designated to the board of directors of cooperatives, information about leases and other documents and tips for tackling problems.

  • How to Handle Problems with a Condo Board of Managers 
    In a question-and-answer format, this page addresses rules regulating and powers designated to the Board of Managers, information about written documents, the Condominium Act, how best to tackle the problem, roles of sponsors, and how the Office of the Attorney General may be able to help in some circumstances.

Immigration Fraud


  • Your Child's D.I.G.I.T.A.L Life

  • Stay Safe online (Teens)
    These tips remind teens about the importance of keeping information private, especially in cases where revealing information might seem less obvious, like through screen names or chat rooms.

Investor Protection

  • Before You Invest, Investigate
    Tips on avoiding scams and making informed decisions on investment opportunities.

  • What to Consider Before Buying a Franchise
    This booklet emphasizes the importance of research and skepticism for potential franchisees. It primarily aims to help potential franchisees to avoid illegitimate franchises and to make them aware of potential difficulties in the franchisor-franchisee relationship balance.



Public Integrity

  • Local Ethics Codes: Get It in Writing
    Local government are required to establish local codes. Brochure provides information about what needs to be included.



Students and Finances

For questions about publications, including requesting copies, help in determining quantities needed, or obtaining specialized formats, please contact:

Public Information
Office of the New York State Attorney General
Fax 518-650-9401


Use our On-line Publications Order Form